: Mumbai City FC rode on three goals from Sunil Chetri, Sony Norde making his presence felt in the attack and the team keeping shape in the defence for a 5-1 mauling of NorthEast United FC.
The home win at the D.Y. Patil stadium focused attention on difficulties in away games faced by the visitors, coach Cesar Farias has many questions to answer, counterpart Nicolas Anelka takes in the high of victory in ISL 2015.
Farias side is one step above bottom-placed Kerala Blasters FC in the eight-team league, whose coach Peter Taylor got the boot after a narrow 2-3 loss to FC Pune City in an away tie which could have gone either way at Balewadi stadium in Pune.
Asked about his view of pressure on team managements, MCFC assistant coach Oscar Bruzon replied: “Pressure is beautiful. There are only two things you can do. Accept it or fight it. I believe in fighting back.”
Mumbai City started on a losing note this year and experienced difficult times before recovering the attacking flair expected from a team coached by Anelka. Bruzon’s focus is to keep his upbeat players keep feet on the ground after Wednesday celebrations.
Asked about the pressure on coaches to deliver, Bruzon explained: “In the early games, I felt the pressure. We fought back as a team and now it is the other extreme we have to look at over-confidence. The team needs to understand that one loss can take us out of top four. He believes the ISL is different from other leagues due to narrow gap separating teams, in contrast to other leagues where couple of sides break away from the pack.
“Every team that reaches the bottom of the table starts climbing so it’s completely opposite to a regular competition where the top teams start opening gaps.
“I haven’t seen that last year or this season. So we need to understand that one loss can take us out of the top four. We are aware Kerala Blasters faced starting trouble last season, before pulling through to reach the ISL 2014 final.”
Stressing on the need to be realistic, the MCFC assistant coach to Anelka said: “I know that we are having a run of three wins, we are second, but focusing only on Atletico de Kolkata next.”
Bruzon said after an overwhelming victory over NEU in the sixth tie and an away clash with the champions next. “The main objective is to reach 20 points as soon as possible. It will not be easy. We need to win three more games and have only three more at home.”
Bruzon was on the MCFC coaching staff last season under Peter Reid, guiding a star-studded team.
Mumbai City ended seventh and even Nicolas Anelka’s inspiring presence on and off the field did not help. “We have one of the best sets of players but that isn’t enough for the ISL”, the assistant coach said.
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